Maskne: Tips for Taming Mask-Related Acne

maskne support with cistus incanus from linden botanicals

Got maskne? You’re not alone. These days, mask-related acne is a common problem. Cistus incanus may help.

Maskne 101

These days, many people are wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, in some cases for hours at a time. Covering our mouths and noses with a mask, however, is causing may cause acne flair-ups. This mask-related acne, also called maskne, results from a buildup of yeast and bacteria. Irritation from the mask and stress from the pandemic aren’t helping the situation.

Here’s what’s happening in a nutshell. The moist, hot air under the mask created by breathing and talking enables the growth of all types of organisms — yeast, bacteria, fungi, and other flora such as demodex mites (skin mites that live naturally on the skin). These organisms can cause acne-like breakouts. Bacterial imbalances and friction from the mask rubbing on your skin can also make you more prone to acne and rosacea flare-ups.

Natural Ways to Address Mask-Related Acne

Here are some tips for keeping your skin clear and keeping maskne at bay:

  • Wash your cloth masks after each use with a fragrance-free laundry detergent.
  • Discard your disposable masks after one day of use.
  • Avoid the application of heavy makeup under the mask. Makeup can clog your pores.
  • Focus on eating a healthy diet with minimal sugar, as sugar can trigger acne breakouts (among a myriad other health issues).
  • Wash your face with a good gentle foaming cleanser after removing your mask for the day.
  • Use all-natural Mediterranean Cistus incanus tea externally to cleanse your skin. Simply brew the tea (follow these instructions), let the tea cool, and then apply it to your skin as you would a toner or astringent.

Cistus incanus Tea to Treat Maskne

Traditional uses of Cistus incanus reaches back millennia. The Book of Genesis references the resin of the Cistus plant. Traditional uses include support for colds, coughs, rheumatism, and menstrual problems. Cistus is widely used to fight germs, viruses, and fungi.

The therapeutic uses of Cistus are many. One increasingly common use involves application of the tea leaves as a topical treatment. In traditional herbal medicine, Cistus leaves have long been used to address inflammation and skin diseases. For example, Cistus was used in ancient Greece as a wound healer and as a beauty product. Today, it’s often used externally to cleanse the skin and ameliorate maskne, eczema, and psoriasis. You can also create your own antidandruff shampoo by washing your hair with a large batch of the herbal tea. The tea can even be used as a mouthwash. Its biofilm-busting activities reduce oral bacteria and leave your mouth feeling clean.

Common dermatological applications include the use of Cistus incanus for aged complexion, bacterial infections, bedsores, blocked pores, eczema, oily conditions, sores, ulcers, wounds, and wrinkles. Using Cistus as an after-washing astringent and rinse will dissolve fungal and bacterial biofilms and help clear the causes of maskne without drying out your skin the way solutions made from benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or zinc pyrithione would.

Of course, Cistus incanus tea is also great for drinking. Cistus is widely used to fight viruses, germs, and fungi, which is why it’s our best-selling tea. It’s also included as one of six superbotanicals in our Immune Support Kit. This advanced antivirus immune support formula is designed to help fight colds and flus and support healthy respiration.

In short, you can drink Cistus or apply it externally to address maskne and other skin issues. Either way, that’s some good, healthy tea!

Get answers to more of your questions about Cistus on our Cistus FAQ page, then start drinking healthy Cistus tea!

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